In recent years, LED lighting for horticulture applications, in particular plant-growth research and production in the controlled environment, has dramatically increased.
The benefits of using LED’s for energy savings and performance improvement have been quickly recognized. LED horticultural lighting is a fast-growing market, but there are uncertainties as to how LED lighting products should be measured, compared, and qualified in regard to energy savings, performance, and safety. The existing lighting technologies, including high pressure sodium, metal halide and fluorescent are beginning to be replaced with LED. While energy efficiency continues to be the main factor behind the adoption of LED technologies in the horticultural illumination market, additional benefits, including their low heat, tunability and controllability, will all accelerate their acceptance into the growing horiculture market. According to Strategies Unlimited horticultural lighting market will grow more than 180% in the next five years, with LED comprising the majority of this growth.
Researchers, manufacturers and growers gathered at the Horticultural Lighting Conference in Eindhoven on 23th of May to discuss the parameters that need to be established for LED lighting to create ideal growing conditions for plants in controlled environments. The conference gave us introduction into the basics of relationship between plant development and lighting, how light intensity (frequency and spectral distribution) plays different parts in the growth of fruit, flowers and vegetables.
Strip’s as an important development and manufacturing company in the field of street lighting, human centric lighting and animal farm lighting, is entering the field of horticulture lighting with our tailor made greenhouse lighting solutions. Therefore we seized the opportunity at the conference to exchange information with manufacturers and developers of chips, semi-conductors, lenses, lights and other technology related to the manufacturing of lighting systems, growers, researchers and consultants from the horticultural space.